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104904507-TSA-Complaints-2010

104904507-TSA-Complaints-2010

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 Description of document: Letters received by the Transportation SecurityAdministration (TSA) complaining about revised pat-downairline security procedures, 2010Requested date: 01-February-2011Released date: 27-June-2012Posted date: 03-September-2012Source of document: Transportation Security Administration, TSA-20, EastTowerFOIA Division601 South 12th StreetArlington, VA 20598-6020Fax:
 
(571) 227-1406Email: FOIA.TSA@dhs.gov 
The governmentattic.org web site (“the site”) is noncommercial and free to the public. The site and materialsmade available on the site, such as this file, are for reference only. The governmentattic.org web site and itsprincipals have made every effort to make this information as complete and as accurate as possible, however,there may be mistakes and omissions, both typographical and in content. The governmentattic.org web site andits principals shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss ordamage caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information provided on thegovernmentattic.org web site or in this file. The public records published on the site were obtained fromgovernment agencies using proper legal channels. Each document is identified as to the source. Any concernsabout the contents of the site should be directed to the agency originating the document inquestion. GovernmentAttic.org is not responsible for the contents of documents published on the website.
 
 
JUN
2 7
2012
3600.1
U.S. Department
of
Homeland SecurityFreedom
oflnformation
Act Office
601
South
12
1h
Street, TSA-20Arlington,
VA
20598-6020
TransportationSecurityAdministration
FOIA:
TSAll-0350
This letter is in response to your Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA) request received by theTransportation Security Administration (TSA) on February
1,
2011, wherein you requested a"copy
of
each letter received by TSA complaining about the new pat-down airline securityprocedures." However, your request was narrowed to include only the following:
1.
Search limited to records received between October
1,
2010 and the present.
2.
Search limited to letters received by the agency. Emails may be omitted.
3.
Search limited to TSA Headquarters.Additionally, in an email dated February 2, 2011, you advised that you were "only interested inthe incoming letters, not the TSA responses."Your request has been processed under the FOIA, 5 U .S.C. § 552.A reasonable search within the TSA was conducted and
201
pages
of
documents responsive toyour request were located. These documents have been reviewed portions
of
some pages arebeing withheld pursuant to FOIA Exemptions (b)(2), (b)(3), and (b)(6). A more completeexplanation
of
these exemptions is provided below.
Exemption (b)(2)
Exemption (b )(2) exempts from mandatory disclosure records that are "related solely to theinternal personnel rules and practices
of
an agency." We have determined that certain portions
of
1
www.tsa.gov
 
the requested records contain personnel rules and/or internal practices
of
the TSA and are thusproperly withheld from disclosure under this exemption.
Exemption (b)(3)
This information reveals Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and is exempt from disclosureunder Exemption (b)(3), which permits the withholding
of
records specifically exempted fromdisclosure
by
another Federal statute. Title 49 U.S.C. Section 114(r) exempts from disclosureSSI that "would be detrimental to the security
of
transportation"
if
disclosed. The TSAregulations implementing Section 114(r) are found in 49 CFR Part 1520.
Exemption (b)(6)
Exemption (b)( 6) permits the government to withhold all identifying information that applies to aparticular individual when the disclosure
of
such information "would constitute a clearlyunwarranted invasion
of
personal privacy." This requires the balancing
of
the public's right todisclosure against the individual's right to privacy. After performing this analysis, we havedetermined that the privacy interest in the identities
of
the individuals in the records you haverequested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure
of
the information. Please note thatany personal interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementionedbalancing test.The fees incurred to process your request do not exceed the minimum threshold necessary forcharge and, therefore, there are no fees associated with processing this request.
Administrative Appeal
In the event that you wish to appeal this determination, an administrative appeal may be made inwriting to Kimberly Walton, Assistant Administrator, Office
of
Civil Rights
&
Liberties,Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement (CRLIOTE), Transportation Security Administration,
601
South
12th
Street, East Building, E7 -121 S, Arlington,
VA
20598-6033. Your appeal
mustbe submitted within 60
days from the date
of
this determination. It should contain your FOIArequest number and state, to the extent possible, the reasons why you believe the initialdetermination should be reversed. In addition, the envelope in which the appeal is mailed
in
should be prominently marked "FOIA Appeal." Please note that the Assistant Administrator'sdetermination
of
the appeal will be administratively final.2
www.tsa.gov

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